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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Make Your Own Elf Sweater on: December 09, 2014 02:39:59 PM
Got a shivering Elf on the Shelf in your house? Knit him or her a toasty sweater in a snap!

Gather your materials:

Worsted Weight yarn in any color
Size 5 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
Hot Toddy to drink while your elf "supervises" your handiwork.

Begin with the Front!

Cast on 18 stitches and work K2, P2 ribbing across.
Turn and P2, K2 across.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 2.5". End on a purl row.
Change colors (optional) and knit across row.

Purl across.
Change to first color and Stockinette Stitch for 1".
Bind off three stitches at beginning of row, knit across.
Bind off 3 stitches at beginning of row, purl across.

K1, P1 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind off.
Repeat steps for back. Make another Hot Toddy and tell the elf that you're working as fast as you can. Impatient imp.

Sew shoulder seams.

Time to add a sleeve!
Pick up 14 stitches between the grey stripes.

Stockinette Stitch 4 rows in first color.
Change to 2nd color. Stockinette Stitch for 2 rows.
Change back to first color and Stockinette Stitch 10 rows.
K1, P1 ribbing for two rows. Bind off. Repeat for other sleeve.

Here's what my hot mess of a sweater looks like:

Time to seam that bad boy! Sew neck edges together. Sew up side edges and along sleeve edges. Weave in all those ridiculous yarn ends, then present finished sweater to elf, who complains that you didn't use the "good yarn." At least he has stopped whining about being cold.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mod Houses Putz Style on: December 05, 2014 04:55:04 PM
Need a simple fun project to do using recycled cereal boxes? Well, here ya go! Katiedoodle's Retro House patterns are quick and easy, and the kids would have fun decorating and painting their own mod houses. If you don't get too wrapped up in doing them yourself, that is.

I made the Butterfly Roof house: (make sure you cut your chimney at an angle  Roll Eyes)

Then the A frame:

And because I really wanted to live in the neighborhood, I made my own house:

They make festive decorations for the mantel when you add the tealights.

Have fun!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Quicky Christmas Shadowbox on: December 02, 2014 01:32:38 PM
We started dragging out all the Christmas decorations yesterday. Because I'm a vintage ornament hoarder collector, I have about eleventy dozen of those quirky wooden ones that everyone's grandma had. There are snowmen and drummers and trumpeting bears and all of them have misaligned eyes...yeah, those ornaments. I decided to display some of them in a shadowbox with some other bits. The problem came when kid #3 broke down in tears and asked me if I HAD to glue them in there, and did I REALLY need to paint the house? Sheesh. So I settled on dry fitting all the paper background, smashing the tinsel stems in the squares, and using glue dots. I wasn't even "allowed" to use glitter. What's wrong with that kid?!

I'm glue-dotting a dang banner on that thing.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wizard's Desk in Mini on: December 01, 2014 08:46:05 PM
A long while ago I was given a few wooden blocks and a while after that I turned one into a teeny wizard desk of sorts. The books are made with cereal boxes, paper, and mini Harry Potter printables, the scroll is a mini printie and toothpicks, and there is a pretty rough looking toothpick wand in there. On the back of the desk is a polymer clay candle holder with modeling wax candle, an inkwell and quill made from a metal doodad thingie and microscopic feather. I think it's about 2.5" x 3.5"?
First two photos are courtesy of Mistress Jennie:

These are the in-progress photos.

5  COOKING / Dessert / Animal Crossing Cake on: November 16, 2014 04:23:44 PM
This year my youngest two kids requested an Animal Crossing cake for their 8th birthday. So I set to work yesterday and this is what I ended up with.

The little town, sans river. I totally forgot about the river.

"Nook's Cranny", where you buy your stuff.


It was tons of fun constructing, but those bitty animals are about the size of a thumbnail. Those kids o' mine are really lucky I kinda love them.  Wink
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cigar Blox Houses on: November 08, 2014 05:02:25 PM
Alpha Stamps monthly kit was "Cigar Box Sweeties" and came with beautiful collage papers in their "Cigar Box Secrets" series. This paper kept me awake at night. I began to think about the secret stash one would keep in an old cigar box but the ladies on this paper looked as if they weren't so hush-hush with their treasures. Maybe it was the double entendre of some of the papers?

The row of houses:

Lady in house one is so welcoming she is dangling out the window, ready to greet you!

Looks as if a visitor has come to call in house two.

And lady in three is just so charming.

7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Creepy Coffin carriage on: October 29, 2014 08:53:59 AM
I had a pile of leftover dollar store Hallowe'en miscellany so naturally I made a spooky baby carriage. Paper mache coffin, paper covered floral wire, plastic skeleton arms, plastic bat, crepe paper, and netting with a vintage photo and pom pom trim from cackle.

Happy Hallowe'en!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Free Motion Embroidery Owl on: October 15, 2014 01:38:04 PM
So I know you know about thisbirdsabsurd's Snarky Pillow and her equally amazing Little Red and BBW free motion embroidery pieces, and I was completely in awe of how she made them. The sketchy effect that is produced and the idea of drawing with a sewing machine had me itching to try it. After a bit of research, a lot of tension adjusting on my machine, and finding a pretty simple pattern, I gave it a go. Thanks for introducing me to free motion embroidery, thisbird!

photos belong to Mistress Jennie

9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Stenciled Owl Pillow on: October 15, 2014 01:20:25 PM
Here's a pillow that I made for Mistress Jennie to use in her newly decorated craft room. The front is a freezer paper stenciled owl and the back is this fantastic witch fabric I happened upon in the remnant bin at Joann's.

10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Cart on: October 11, 2014 10:55:05 AM
That plastic rat has popped up in the oddest places in my house over the past year. I decided to give him a job.

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